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>> glenn: i started telling you tonight the "new york times" said i was too gloomy to watch and apocalyptic. so be it. it's the truth. the truth has no agenda. you watch the rest of the week. from new york, good night, america. captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> bret: japan deals with environmental crisis following the earthquake and tsunami. will potential nuclear disaster there affect growing reliance for energy over here? and republican leaders try to keep the members in line long enough to avoid a government shutdown. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." i'm bret baier. japan is coping with multiple disasters tonight. the japanese prime minister says if the catastrophe unseen since the end of world war ii. millions of people have little or no food, water, or heat in the freezing temperatures.
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following friday's earthquake and tsunami. nearly 1900 are confirmed dead but estimates for a final tally run much higher, with thousands more missing. explosions and exposed fuel rods at nuclear facilities heightened fear of full-scale meltdown. correspondent adam housley is in japan tonight. >> fears of a worst case scenario grip a nation that's shaken and battered from friday's 9.0 earthquake, subsequent tsunami and continual aftershocks. now the threat of a full blown nuclear meltdown. >> the device to cool the fuel rod has been dysfunction and at one point in time, the water level started to fall and fuel line exposed above the water. >> they are coming to the correct conclusions but it's doubtful whether they're correctly reporting the conclusions or finding them too difficult to admit to. >> japan asked the nuclear leg latory agency for help -- regulatory agencies for helm. on monday, another hydrogen
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explosion at one plant sent gray cloud in the sky and exposed rule rods at others forced hundreds to free the zone. >> i was told the plant was 100% safe from big tsunamis and typhoons. >> reporter: but those assurances washed away by friday's historic double disaster. four days later, new home video shows a massive wall of water devouring everything in its path. >> i saw the water and i ran. the water was chasing me. >> when the tsunami came, i thought i was going to die. but i was with the person we care for and both did what we did together. we had no power for two days and we're concerned but we'll keep doing what we can. >> the disaster is rocking japan crucial financial sector. stocks fell more than 6%. the biggest drop in more than two years amidst record trading. asia's largest utility lost 24% of the value. while most stocks couldn't even trade due to overwhelming
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sell orders in response, the bank of japan dumped 15 trillion yen in the market to keep them stable. on the edge of the disaster zone, threat of earthquake still exist. finding food is difficult. stores if they are open, the shelves are empty. finding gas is difficult. if you find a gas station open, the lines can be two or three or four hours long. once you get to the front of the line, many times the gas is gone. bret? >> bret: adam housley live in the early morning in japan. stay safe. thank you. in the u.s., the americans are mobilizing to help the strongest asian ally. james rose season at the state department. >> i want to reiterate america's support for people in japan. i said directly to the prime minister of japan, prime
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minister kan that the united states will continue to offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple disasters. >> already that assistance spans the full range of the u.s. government asset and capabilities. officials from the department of energy and the nuclear regulatory commission are working on site with the japanese counterparts. >> in particular, they have asked for additional types of equipment that will help provide water in other re sources to ensure that the reactors continue to be cool. >> we have dispatched suggest matter experts. both reactor experts and expert on emergency response. >> the u.s. agency for international development has spent nearly $750,000 on japanese relief efforts. u.s. aid rushed to the quake zone a team that includes officials from the department of health and human services. also on site are two urban search and rescue team from los angeles and fair fax, virginia. >> comprised of 144 personnel
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with emergency medical skills, engineering and water search capabilities, they are clearly going to be important in disaster relief effort. >> crews aboard the seven fleet command shift, uss blue ridge, spent weekend packing humanitarian supplies in all, eight u.s. ships, including the carrier uss ronald reagan and three surveillance aircraft are responding. 2,000 members of the marine expeditionary force, in oak that --. >> we removed the crews and search crews from okinawa. >> 17 helicopter crew members attached to uss ronald reagan were found to have low level of radiation contamination. all were scrubbed and given a clean bill of health.
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but reagan did reposition itself to outside, the downwind direction from the fukushima nuclear power plant. >> bret: james rosen live at the state department tonight. thank you. we're just getting word that the house of representatives will hold a moment of silence in honor of those lost and all the troubles in japan. government across europe are reassessing their commitment to nuclear energy. what about in the u.s.? doug mckelway looks at energy from the atom, then and now. >> in the 1950s, with the threat of nuclear annihilation ever present. the many new uses of ridiation took on an often cheery tone in popular culture. it demonstrates the dilemma of the nuclear crisis in japan. it's beneficial and dangerous, reliable and volatile. praised and pillried. >> we have several reactors several out of control, containing 1,000 hiroshimas
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worth of radioactive material. it doesn't speak to reliability of this form of energy. >> i could be wrong but i think it will be brought to conclusion to ruin the reactors, the huge hit on the owner of the reactors but the public safety will maintained. >> there are 27 new reactors planned in the united states there has been no new plants in the u.s. since 1996. with the entire industry under scrutiny, antinuclear opponents see japan as a crisis they don't want to waste. >> the administration asked for $36 billion more in loan guarantees for nuclear power. that should be going to finance research and development in solar and wind and other renewable form of energy. >> nuclear power presently provides 20% of the u.s. energy needs. the absence proponents say would create a void unfillable by other source. each has its own tradeoff. >> if you generate with fossil, you have to deal with
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the airborne emissions. if you generate nuclear, you have fuel. if you have hydro power you deal with rivers. >> 65 nuclear plants are under construction worldwide right now. more than a billion people across the planet live without electricity, where life citizen so risky, many believe the threat posed by nuclear plants seem tame by comparison in washington, doug mckelway, fox news. >> bret: nuclear power has been a big part of president obama's energy policy. will the disaster in japan change that in any way? mike emanuel looks that question. >> reporter: as the u.s. officials mon tar japan's nuclear power plant following the earthquake and tsunami, at the white house, officials emphasize safety at american facilities. >> all our plants are designed to withstand significant natural phenomna like earthquake, tornado and tsunami. >> the homeland committee chairman said he does not want to stop building nuclear power
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plants but he has to quietly put the brakes on phenomenal we absurd what has happened. as a result of the earthquake and tsunami to see what we can demand of the new power plant that are coming online. >> others object to putting brakes on industry that has coming off 39 quiet years following the accident at three mile island. mitch mcconnell warned against a ruch to judgment following a disaster in japan. >> it remains my view not to make long-term decision about energy policy in the wake of environmental catastrophe in another part of the world. >> so far, administration officials are not backing away from nuclear. which they said will reduce emissions and prevent climate
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change. >> we view nuclear energy as an important component to build toward energy future. >> after the big branch mine disaster in west virginia, coal industry took a hit. there was a temporary moratorium on offshore drilling that led to former president bill clinton making critical march for a ridiculous delays in permitting when the economy doesn't need it. >> nuclear is likely to be the next target. and for now, they say they will learn lesson from incident in japan to apply it to american facilities. >> bret: "associated press" says they took fewer information requests despite formal applications and a.p. says there were 41,000 more freedom of information request for the largest 35 agencies but the government responded to 12,400 fewer of them. the white house says it is
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voluntarily disclosing more information. agencies will release data in 93% of the cases that fit criteria. there are some questions why the president did what he did saturday. up next, countdown to another potential government shutdown and battle of continuing the continuing resolution.
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they have not named replacement for departmenting gary locke. if this sounds familiar, you're right. we're a handful of days away from government shutdown. but this time, group of republicans could be the fly in the ointment. >> reporter: conservative opposition is mounting against another short-term spending money known as continuing resolution, c.o., to avert a government shutdown midnight friday. >> the message i would like to send to the leadership on both sides is it's time to do things differently. time to get serious about a fiscal crisis. >> growing number in the g.o.p. house demanding fiscal budget to bring cuts to $61 billion instead of three-week extension to cut just $6 billion. conservative growth, tea party nation out of nashville and
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heritage foundation and others are pushing the g.o.p. leaders to defund a host of liberal proposals and programs. >> there is policy riders relating to the funding of obamacare. planned parenthood. regulations going forward at the e.p.a. there are a range of additional things that the leadership could put on the table >> reporter: the last short-term extension two weeks ago had only six g.o.p. no-votes. there will be more this time. including chairman of the study committee from ohio, many of the members itching for a fight. members of both parties faulted president obama's lack of leadership for absence of full-year budget. >> i think it will pass to get us additional three weeks.
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>> the disagreement among the republicans isn't over the policy. they all want to cut spending more than democrats. but the issue is tactical. there is no other alternative to vote on. >> bret: we'll follow that. thank you. stocks were down today. the dow lost 51. the s&p 500 gave back eight. still ahead, shepard smith reports from tokyo. and more on muammar gaddafi's struck to take back part of his country. with aarp we can fly out to see family.
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>> bret: the united nations security council met again today to talk about a no fly zone over libya. while muammar gaddafi's forces launched assault on a rebel-held town west of tri tripoli and they continue to try to retake territory in the oil-rich east. correspondent steve harrigan has the latest from the cap tall city. >> after a week of steady retreat, rebels of libya are beginning to run out of territory. just two eastern cities remain in rebel control. one of them is already under attack. attacks by government forces loyal to gaddafi follow a pattern. airstrike and moror and rocket fire and only then -- mortar and rocket fire and only then go ground fire advance. air power has been the deciding factor on the battlefield, especially on open desert terrain. cine esingly desperate call from -- increasingly desperate calls for no-fly zone have been increased.
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>> we would like the council to act as quickly as possible. consensus on the no-fly zone. >> pros fect for immediate action are remote. turkey and china are opposed. german and u.s. officials express reservations about the effectiveness of no fly zone and risk of becoming involved in civil war this muslim nation. white house says all options remain on the table. >> the united states of america has its capacity with the international partners to activate a no-fly zone and variety of other potential measures. it's very important that the response be international not just american one. >> another weapon in gaddafi's ars nel: money. at home, stipend help keep street quiet. >> you can see the money exchange is working and a happy situation. long live the conqueror, muammar gaddafi. >> overseas the prospect of investingvestingvesting in the y
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may prevent international sanctions. the man has ruled the nation for 41 years and may allow him to hang on to power. a week ago, there were thousands of rebel fighters in field now there are hundreds. to peel away more, the government is offering amnesty to any rebel fighter willing to turn in his weapon. in tripoli, libya, steve harrigan, fox news. >> bret: troops from a regional cooperative counsel entered bahrain to shore up government against protesters there. the first such cross-border action since the rebellion began. workers in capital of yemen staged a strike in solidarity with anti-american protesters. police and security remain locked in a standoff with demonstrators near the university. officials detained two americans and britains for illegally entering the country they're set to be journalist and researcher. a pakistani court refused to
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rule whether detained c.i.a. contractor ramon davis has diplomatic immunity. he's seen here and he killed two pakistani men in late january and says it was self-defense. the u.s. is demanding his release. the state department has a new primary spokesman after comments from the predecessor cost him his job. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has that story from the pentagon. >> good evening. not the first time that the state department spokesman p.j. crowley was out of step with the message from the white house and pentagon. after egyptian president hosni mubarak spoke and did not resign in january, crowley twited -- upstaging president obama and raising eyebrows at the white house. last thursday, his remarks about the treatment of marine corps bar ranks forced his ressic nation. "what is being done to bradley manning by my colleagues at the department of defense is
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ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." manning was forced to stand at attention without his clothes on after having his clothes removed so he couldn't hang himself. he made the remarks at m.i .t. where a bbc quoted him forcing president obama to respond. >> with respect to private manning i asked the pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and meeting our basic standards they assure me that they are. >> on sunday, crowley wrote, "the exercise of power in today's challenging times and relentless media environment must be pru dept and consistent with our laws and values given the impact of my remarks for which i take full responsibility, i have submitted my resignation." crowley is a former air force colonel and sense tiff to any
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suggestion of maltreatment of prisoners because his father was a former p.o.w. bret? >> bret: jennifer, thank you. a potential presidential candidate gets a failing grade in history and geography. the report card next in the grapevine. with all the trouble in the world now, what did president obama do this weekend?
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>> bret: now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine. president obama's weekend radio address was devoted entirely to women's history month and his push for gender equality. it's believed it was taped earlier in the week, though there was no mention of friday's earthquake or tsunami in japan. nor was there anything about libya, skyrocketing oil prices, afghanistan, iraq, iran, or the budget battle on capitol hill. meanwhile, abc news traveling with the president saturday in the pool reported he hit the links for the second week in a row. "even as his administration and the u.s. military helped japan recover from a devastating earthquake, the president could not resist taking advantage of the 48-degree weather. president obama joked with reporters friday night about his fondness for sport saying i'm not spending time on the golf course, i'm investing time in the golf course. media research president says, "if george bush reacted this way during an international
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catastrophe, wholly irrelevant radio addresses, golf outings for the 61 z time, the left wing media would require medically induced sedation to keep them in check. the 2008 campaign is long over but the mayor of springfield, illinois, still trying to recoup cost from barack obama campaign stop there. now he has sent a letter to the president, president obama asking for help. the issue stems for who is responsible for outstanding balance. the mayor says he's not trying to embarrass anyone but wants his city's money. finally, the american history goof heard around the world or around the web. michele bachmann who is considering a 2012 presidential bid spoke in new hampshire and told audience members they should be proud in their role in the revolutionary war. "you're the state where the shot was heard around the world at lexington and
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concord," however it was fired in massachusetts. she acknowledged the mistake later on her facebook page and joked that will the last time i borrow president obama's teleprompter. >> our top story at the bottom of the hour, engineers in japan are trying to contain the damage to the country nuclear facility following friday's earthquake and tsunami. one official says the fuel rods in all three of the most endangered reactors appear to be melting. millions have no food or power. the japan self-defense force member rescued a 4-month-old baby girl in northern japan today. here is the father holding the baby after being reunited. however, most of the news from japan is not good. get an update live from shepard smith in tokyo. i know you traveled in there
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and have been set up. tell us what you can about the situation in tokyo on the ground now? >> here in tokyo, there is relative calm. one thing that is affecting people in tokyo is, the thing they are dealing with most is having to deal with, is having to conserve electricity. 30% of all the electricity across the nation comes from the nuclear plants. as a result, they're now asking everyone across the country to please not use as much electricity as normal. overnight, there was a great deal of conservation. throughout the day, they're asking people to cut down on the electrical on sumption by half. top of skyscrapers are emptied. at this point they hope it won't spread to rolling blackouts now requesting from across the country won't spread to central tokyo. the stock market to open in a couple of hours. yesterday they asked off by
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6%. today they hope it won't be the case. widespread destruction is not the case in tokyo at all. it's spotless clean. we have haven't seen broken sidewalks or windows. tokyo is carrying on almost as usual, except they have to conserve electricity. to the north, four or five-hour drive where the problems are. we head there later in the day. >> bret: as you talk about heading north and the concern over the nuclear facilities and the reactors, what kind of precautions are you told to take for your team and how much of an urgent emergency situation is that, the radioactivity, as yous up it on the ground? >> it's my understanding until you get to 60 kilometer osar 45 miles they are suggesting that everyone should be fine. our crews have been told to wear face masks and if there is anything in the air, you don't breathe it in. it is supposed to start raining by mid-afternoon. so five or six hours from now.
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then rain through the night and through day on wednesday. that should get particulate out of the air they believe. take them to the sea or the ground. they think it will cause fewer problems for people in a larger radius around the nuclear site there but as far as for people up close, they have a cultural, it's culturally significant here that people remain very calm. we have seen it all over tokyo. we have seen pictures of that from the north. the word from the authority is don't worry about it. everything is under control. people who live here tell us to be wary, because in the past, they have seen situations where authorities try to keep people calm to stop panic from happening but don't always give them all the information that maybe they need. so we're taking that with a grain of salt and being as careful as we know how to be. a serious situation to the north, apparently, as you reported a moment ago seems to be getting more serious by the hour. >> bret: be careful. we have look forward to your reporting at the top of the hour on "fox report."
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greg palkot is also part of the fox team in japan. he tells us four days after the quake, many people can scarcely believe what they have been through. >> the people of northeastern japan are trying to pick themselves up after the double disasters last friday. first, deadly earthquake and then an even more devastating wall of water. tsunami which left a trail of death and destruction. even in the town of oleride, well away from the quake's epicenter. mr. sakari saw it all. he and his friend showed us where the mammoth wave entered the harbor and came ashore. it wasn't choppy, he explained it just kept flowing in. i've never seen anything like it. >> no better sign of the strength of tsunami that swept in japan after friday's earthquake than main street of the fishing village in japan. cars and trucks thrown around like so many toys over there. houses of fishermen devastated with debris. over here, one of many folks that have swept up from the harbor, and now sitting on the
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street. >> for the survivor of the disaster, nothing but challenges. the japanese military is bringing in supply. there is no water, power or heat in the town. food and fuel is in short supply. there are new worries from up the coast. radioactivity is leaking from a stricken nuclear reactor complex, forcing some to evacuate and most residents to worry. if radiation reaches this place, we will be effected. i have no choice but to believe in the authorities. through it all, the people of the town and region remain determined as they work to clear away the damage and as they look into an uncertain future. in oliride, japan, greg palkot, fox news. >> bret: we'll talk about the future of nuclear energy in light of japan's disaster in the u.s. the fox all-stars join me after the break.
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a beautiful steering wheel is great. but only if the dash it's attached to is equally beautiful. so we made sure it was. but what's the point of a beautiful dash if the seats aren't beautiful, too? so we made sure they were. but we couldn't stop there, so weept going and going. and before we knew it, we had a 2011 jeep grand cherokee.
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quietly put the brakes on until we could absurd what has happened in japan as a result of the earthquake and the tsunami. >> it remains my view that we ought not to make a long-term decision about any energy policy. in the wake of environmental catastrophe in another part of the world. >> we view nuclear energy as an important component to overall portfolio we're trying to build for clean energy future. >> bret: as japan deals with the nuclear emergency on the ground, there are now thoughts about the nuclear energy here. as you heard, the obama administration still determined to support it. 104 nuclear power plants currently. three are under construction we're told by the department of industry. 27 new reactors plan. there is a plan to build
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reaction in maryland that is steny hoyer's district to create 4,000 new union construction jobs. french and american investors said to put up $3 billion in the project. the office of management budget wanted to charge the project 11.5%. according to sources, usually the charge is 1 to 2%. that is prohibitive and that did not go forward. what about this with the administration saying nuclear energy is still part of the plan. bring in the panel. steve hayes for "weekly standard." mara liasson, political correspondent of national public radio. chris stirewalt, fox news politics editor digital. let's start with overview of the possible reaction to situation in japan. >> what you are seeing here is the political among the colleagues of journalism is a failure to quib two things.
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one is the tragedy itself. the second the nuclear emergency it may or may not have spawned. there is so much we don't know about what is happening inside the nuclear reactors people are drawing grand conclusions based on very little information. the "new york times" lead story today said there is a lot we don't know about what actually happened. we don't know if it's cracked or the generators or if the battery didn't operate the way it was supposed to. we don't know about the level of radioactivity that people may or may not be exposed to. with the questions understand answered and unknown, it highly foolish to draw conclusion about the status of the u.s. nuclear system and nuclear energy generally. >> bret: yet people are talking about it. >> but in this case, white
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house and mitch mcconnell are on the same page. let's find out what happened. white house is saying we're committed to nuclear and see what happened. we want to learn from the disaster and see what is the appropriate thing to do, other than rush to a conclusion. >> let's take the president and the administration at the word they're committed to the nuclear energy. yet, you hear the story about the process by which someone or a contractor has to get approval to build a new plant. it raises questions. >> if you tap the brake as senator lieberman said on a process that takes 40 years, you have done something. you have want to talk about a slow walk. the plant next to be completed in the united states is pda watch bar number two facility down south of knoxville. it started in 1973. they will wrap it up in the next two years. every time there is a scare, three mile island or
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chernobyl -- we should point out that three mile island didn't kill anybody. this slows down the process because the political will erodes behind the scare. regardless of what the facts are. we don't know what the facts are. but consequences of a catastrophic failure are so great that the politicians say we don't want this solution. they back away. decades elapse. >> bret: the president's own policy wants to get to 80% clean energy power plant by 2035. some say you need 130 or more nuclear plants to get that. >> not happening with nuclear. that explains why he hasn't backed away from it or hasn't backed away from it historically. this is what is happening with the leaders of both party for several year. they give lip service to nuclear unless they campaign
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in nevada. part of this is generally the politicians diving in to what can be. if things go wrong, can be political issue. >> bret: for democrats like barbara boxer and others that came around to the nuclear energy when they saw the cap and trade dying, does this change their equation at all? >> i think it's too soon to know. we have to see what happens in japan. does it expose some systemic flaw in nuclear power plants in general? or unique to the situation? we don't know. i hope that the members of congress aren't willing to make a conclusion yet. >> the science is immaterial. the scare is what counts. people run away from this. the other thing is the president was late to embrace the concept of the nuclear
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power. congressman markey and others haven't been able to embrace the notion. >> campaign. >> it was a tentative walk toward nuclear power. to the embrace of the two load for the southern country to build reactors in south carolina and georgia. but all of that said, how about this? environmentalists don't like nuclear power because they're afraid of not only the waste but it will prevent us from embracing the renewable solar wind and other things they want to see us use. they don't like nuclear in the first place so this will give them a pretext to say you can't do it or go there. >> last thing for perspective, the u.s. seventh fleet said they were moving back from this nuclear reactor at a precaution. they picked up radioactivity on some of the service members, marines and the helicopters. in fine print it was radioactivity exposure to one
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march is women's history month time to celebrate progress that women made and women throughout our history who have immediate that progress possible. >> bret: that was president obama, the radio address that's also broadcast on the websites from the white house. this is the president leaving in the motorcade to go golf on saturday afternoon. about that, the president of the media research council said this.
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if george bush reacted this way in an international catastrophe, wholly irrelevant radio addresses, golf outing for the 61st time, the left wing immediate what would require medically induced sedation to keep them in check. what about the images around the golf, the radio and internet address? imaging from the white house. back with the panel. mara? >> this tells us about partisan climate in washington. the media critic said that. if george bush did that, the left wing media would say if a democratic president did that, we'd be beat up. everybody sees this through their own lens. on this one, i feel on friday -- first, he has woken up in the middle of the night friday morning or when the quake hit at 4:00 a.m. or something. he spoke quite emotionally about it on the press conference friday when asked a question about the japanese reporter. the president can communicate on many platforms and many ways.
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if he wants to play basketball to blow off steam and stay healthy, i don't have a problem with it. it's not like he is ignoring it. the u.s. is doing a lot. he explained what we were doing on friday. you could have another discussion about libya, which is different in terms of the imaging this weekend, i don't have a problem with it. >> bret: okay. golf this weekend? steve? >> i have been, i haven't been very critical of him on the golf thing. this is something that some have been. my view is if the guy needs a four or five-hour break as the president of the united states, he needs a break. i get it. i defend him on that. what you're doing is insane. libya meltdown is part of a broader melt down in the middle east. you have a possible nuclear problem as we talked about and you've got, you know, the budget issues here that are not getting solved. for which his own party is calling on him to be much more involved and much more hands on. >> still golf. >> really, can he do it from
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the golf course? >> no. he request get involved in the budget debate and show more leadership. >> let's say that you are right. in other words -- they're not mutually exclusive. >> say you're right hypothetically for the sake of argument. what does it say about his image? whether it's fair or not, i think it's fair, but if you are in libya and you're going out to fight for your freedom and the president of the united states is not providing a no fly zone and taken nonchalant attitude who is going on there and is out golfing, sends the wrong message. >> bret: let me play a sound bite from today on libya before we get to your comments this weekend. >> this is going to be important for to us look at a wide range of options to continue to tighten the noose around mr. gaddafi and apply additional pressure. >> bret: "tightening the noose around gaddafi," we are seeing every indication on the ground that the noose is not tightening.
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in fact, gaddafi is taking his forces out to other regions of that country. >> yeah. he is the hang man. gaddafi i think, as the administration itself said in the form of the retired general clapper he is going to win. he has resources and troops and not much it seems like that the united states of the world is willing to do about it. i think the problem for the president, i think first of all, golf is good. it teaches character and humility. president should play golf, good for people to do. but the problem is he's chosen strategic disengagement on everything, budget or lib what. he did it on everything. he says i step back and allow you to work out your solution and i'll bless whatever solution comes out at the end. he did it on healthcare to large part and stimulus. it's not mine to do but mine to pass judgment on in the end. disengagement. the optics stink. for americans who increasingly
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see him as disengaged that is a problem. >> bret: gender equality is an important issue. but in the wake of the issues do you change the radio address? >> that's fair. radio address is a chance to get the country's attention focused to give money to japan or whatever else you want them to do. fair. but as a policy problem, not just image problem. >> that is it for the panel. stave tuned for former member of the washington bureau commenting on good news. what can you do with plain mashed potatoes? when you pour chunky beef with country vegetable soup over it, you can do dinner. 4 minutes, around 4 bucks. campbell's chunky. it's amazing what soup can do.™ it's beneful incredibites. ever seen anhing like it? me neither. it's just the way you like it-- with carbohydrates for energy and protein for muscles. [ woman announcing ] beneful incredibites. another healthful, flavorful beneful. now in a convenient bag.
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>> bret: finally tonight, many tv shows try to make their viewers feel they're a part of a big family. morning shows try really hard to give that family-feel. greg kelly used to be here in the d.c. bureau. now he is still part of our family at wnyw in new york in the mornings. well, take a look. >> i want to congratulate -- we have a new edition to the fox 5 family. one of our viewers had a baby while watching us yesteay


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